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Taylor Decker Suffered Injury Setback Last Week, Out Against Rams

Dan Campbell reveals when the decision has to be made on whether or not to shut down left tackle Taylor Decker for the 2021 season.

The Detroit Lions will not have the services of left tackle Taylor Decker for the seventh consecutive week. 

Speaking at his Friday media session, Lions head coach Dan Campbell explained that Decker had a setback last week with the finger injury that required surgery. 

As a result, Decker will not suit up and play against the Los Angeles Rams this weekend at SoFi Stadium. 

"He's he's doing okay," Campbell said. "The fact of the matter is he had a little bit of a setback last week. We kind of talked about the knuckle and everything. ... I know he wants to play, man. I talked to him yesterday. He's dying to play. We got to get through it and let this thing -- just get the feeling right. That's the bottom line."

Campbell provided an update on when the decision whether or not to sit Decker for the remainder of the season must be made.

"My understanding is we get the extra time," he said. "The bye (week) won't count. So, I think we'll have to make that decision now probably the Tuesday after the bye."

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  • Da'Shawn Hand will get some team reps at practice, but it appears that Kevin Strong is closer to returning at this point in the process. Hand returned to practice this week, after suffering a groin injury prior to the start of the season. 
  • Ifeatu Melifonwu will not return before the bye week, but Campbell expressed that he is hopeful to have the rookie return before the end of the season.

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